jewish studies

Jews & Booze: Becoming American in the Age of Prohibition

Marni Davis examines American Jews’ complicated relationship to alcohol during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the years of the national prohibition movement’s rise and fall. Davis offers a novel perspective on a previously unstudied area of American Jewish economic activity: the making and selling of liquor, wine, and beer. Alcohol commerce played a crucial role in Jewish immigrant acculturation and the growth of Jewish communities in the United States. But prohibition’s triumph cast a pall on American Jews’ history in the alcohol trade, forcing them to revise, clarify, and defend their communal and civic identities -- both to their fellow Americans and to themselves.

 

 

 

 

Date: 
Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 7:00pm
Location: 
Boone Center Conference Room

Screening of "My Perestroika" and Q&A with director Robin Hessman

 

Join us for an evening with filmmaker Robin Hessman and a screening of her award-winning documentary, MY PERESTROIKA (2010). The film tells the stories of five Moscow schoolmates who were brought up behind the Iron Curtain, witnessed the joy and confusion of glasnost, and reached adulthood right as the world changed around them. A Q&A with the director will follow the film.

For more information please visit myperestroika.com

 

 

Date: 
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Location: 
Kentucky Theatre

Pres. Capilouto and Sarah Aroeste on Sephardic Passover Food Traditions

 

 

Record by the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Kentucky April 10th, 2014

Special thanks to host Janice Fernheimer, Director of Jewish Studies

as.uky.edu

 

 

Imagine If We Sat at a Global Dinner Table

Claudia Roden is said to have revolutionized Western attitudes about Middle Eastern and North African cuisines with "A Book of Middle Eastern Food," published in 1968.

Year of The Middle East Finale: Divahn

Divahn features the Middle Eastern and Sephardic Jewish Music of Galeet Dardashti.

http://www.divahn.com/ 

Iranian-descended singer Galeet Dardashti leads Divahn's edgy all-female power-house ensemble. The group has engendered an international following, performing in venues ranging from international concert halls to the most prestigious clubs in NYC. Infusing traditional and original Middle Eastern Jewish songs with sophisticated harmonies, entrancing improvisations, and funky arrangements, Divahn's thrilling live shows feature lush string arrangements, eclectic Indian, Middle Eastern, and Latin percussion, and vocals spanning Hebrew, Judeo-Spanish, Persian, Arabic, and Aramaic. “Divan,” a word common to Hebrew, Persian, and Arabic, means a collection of songs or poetry. Through their music, the group creatively underscores common ground between diverse Middle Eastern cultures and religion.

 

Date: 
Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 7:00pm
Location: 
Center Theater

UK Confucius Institute Presents Symposium on Jewish Refugees in Shanghai

A symposium this week at the University of Kentucky will explore the experience of Jewish Refugees in China, who fled east to escape Nazi persecution before and during World War II.

UK Confucius Institute Brings Exhibit, Symposium With Focus on Jewish Refugees in Shanghai

An exhibition and symposium at the University of Kentucky will explore the experience of Jewish refugees in China.

Scholarship Enables Students to Preserve Jewish Heritage

by: Gail Hairston

(Feb. 3, 2015) — University of Kentucky students have a rare opportunity now to get in on the ground floor of a historical and innovative three-year project to record and preserve Kentucky’s Jewish heritage and history for generations to come.

A Reading & Conversation with Emily Raboteau

American Book Award winnder Emily Raboteau will read from and discuss her most recent work "Searching for Zion:  The Quest for Home in the African Diaspora"

Sponsored by African American & Africana Studies Program, English Creative Writing Program, Jewish Studies Program, and Social Theory Program.  

Date: 
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Location: 
Niles Gallery

Summer 2014 Research Award Recipients

Emily VanMeter and Jeremiah Brown chronicle their experiences - from the United States Holocaust Museum to a Yiddish farm.

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